Xbox 360 HD DVD Version List

Here I will try and document the various releases of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player, in reverse chronological order. Major releases are in bold (a major release either has new features or has a boat-load of changes, minor releases are pure bug fixes). To see which version you have, while playing a disc press…

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Now Available: HD DVD Emulator for Xbox 360

As of this morning the product I have been focused on for much the last year or so has at last been released: the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator. This is based on the Xbox HD DVD player, but designed for content authors to test and debug their titles without having to burn a disc. Content…

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Vote for HD DVD

Its November and its time to place your vote. No, not for US Presidential candidates, but for the optical high definition format you want to be the winner in the format war, which of course for me means HD DVD. This holiday season might be the last chance for your vote to be considered by…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: Movie Specific Known Issues

The purpose of this post is to highlight the most common current title issues and, where possible, supply work-arounds. For general troubleshooting see the previous post first: the most common problems are described there. Items will be listed in reverse chronological order (ie newer titles will be at the top). If you have any issue…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: General Troubleshooting

I thought it might be useful to post about general troubleshooting on the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive. For issues with specific movies, see my other post, this one covers the more general case. (I use the term “title” which you can read as “movie”, its a habit I have got into from working on…

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Tide is turning: Paramount declare HD DVD only

An important day in the next-gen DVD format war: Paramount have announced that they are going HD DVD only, an important change from their previous neutrality. “Blades of Glory”, “Transformers” and “Shrek the Third” are the initial announced titles. The press release quotes “market-ready technology” and “low manufacturing costs”. Looks like they figured out that…

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Vista Compatibility: My Personal List

Following the travails of my Vista install at home (and subsequent success), I will be listing my success (and failures) as I gradually re-install my old software and hardware onto this new operating system. As I am running the 64-bit version I frankly expected a harder time than I have got so far, and I…

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My First Program (circa 1980)

I recently discovered my first real program(*): from 1980, it was my attempt at Space Invaders for the RML 380Z. This was the government-subsidized computer for schools, my school (Chatham House Grammar School) was lucky enough to have one. One, yes, for the whole school. The Research Machines 380Z was a Z80 CP/M machine, I…

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Installing Vista: From Hell to Heaven

I am pleased to announce that I am typing this on a freshly installed Vista64 installation, on the same exact machine that I had so much trouble with recently! A genius Tester in Windows contacted me with a theory and a possible work-around, and he was right: something about the AHCI driver is unhappy on my…

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My personal take on the iPhone: deja vu

I paid $500 for a smartphone with a touchscreen, music player, email, web browser and a camera. No, this wasn’t an iPhone I got before tomorrow’s launch, it was a Sony Ericsson P800 and it was almost five years ago. The iPhone hype is really getting to me: its like people haven’t really looked noticed earlier smartphones before…

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